Disney plans to dump trans fat at U.S. theme parks
Written by Robert Niles
The Walt Disney Company announced today that it will eliminate the use of trans fat in food served at its U.S. theme parks by the end of 2007. In addition, it will stop licensing food that contains trans fat by 2008.Tweet
Trans fats, created through the use of partially hydrogentated oils, are perhaps the nastiest thing one can put in one's body. People need some level of fat and sugar in their diet, but no one needs even a smidgen of trans fat. Fast food chains and large-scale food manufacturers started using trans fat in an an effort to replace saturated fats with more shelf-stable options. Plus, at the time it was believed that trans fats might be healthier than saturated fats.
Now, scientists know that is not the case. Trans fats have been shown to elevate bad cholesterol, lower good cholesterol, and contribute to heart disease. Fast food chain Wendy's recently purged trans fats from its menu, as have many grocery cookie and cracker manufacturers. Yet food industry leaders such as McDonald's have resisted, refusing to substitute healthier frying oils for trans fat-laden ones.
According to a Disney press release, starting this month, kids meals at Disney theme parks will come with milk, juice or water instead of soda pop, and with applesauce or carrot sticks instead of french fries. Parents who want pop and fries for their kids may substitute them by request. In addition, Disney will implement new nutritional guidelines for all theme park meals. The new guidelines will:
I'd love to hear from representatives from other theme parks, especially Universal and Busch, about their use of trans fat and nutritional guidelines for theme park meals. Is Disney's laudable move setting the curve?
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